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Ugliness, in a society obsessed with beauty was often feared and mocked, but it could also be used to criticise mainstream values. This was the choice made by Athenian vase-painters of the sixth to the fourth centuries BC. Mass-produced at the height of Athenian democracy, painted vases were an inexpensive and popular artform that offer us an amazi...
The paper’s general context is visual humor in ancient Greece but its main focus is on the way in which women from different backgrounds were portrayed and mocked by (mainly) male Athenian vase-paintersbetween the sixth and fourth centuries BC.1 The driving idea is that men tried to the best of their abilities to control women, and their fears are...
This book is a comprehensive study of visual humour in ancient Greece, with special emphasis on works created in Athens and Boeotia. Alexandre G. Mitchell brings an interdisciplinary approach to this topic, combining theories and methods of art history, archaeology and classics with the anthropology of humour, and thereby establishing new ways of l...
Mythological Burlesque - Walsh(D.)Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting. The World of Mythological Burlesque. Pp. xxx + 420, ills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Cased, £55, US$95. ISBN: 978-0-521-89641-2. - Volume 60 Issue 2 - Alexandre G. Mitchell
L'article passe en revue les différentes formes d'humour rencontrées dans la peinture de vases grecs des vie et ve s. av. J.-C. La 1re partie traite des calembours visuels, dans lesquels les peintres jouent avec les codes de l'image. La 2e partie analyse la comedie de situation, c.-à-d. la façon dont des histoires bien connues peuvent être tournées...